Flood-weary residents remained on edge as Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans, but this time the threat wasn’t churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
The city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain have left some neighborhoods at a greater risk of flooding.
The Big Easy hadn’t finished cleaning up from the last round of flooding before it faced the possibility of another. Mounds of debris from last weekend’s flash flood are still piled up on sidewalks and street medians, some taller than passing cars.
Tammy Butler went through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was reliving the stress this week. Butler says she can’t afford to rebuild her home and life a second time.
“I am angry, and I am sick of it,” Butler said. “If people keep getting floods, I’m just going to have to leave the city.”
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